Registration open

Beckett & Europe Conference: registration announcement

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Beckett & Europe PGR and ECR Conference. All are welcome from any career stage.

For a provisional schedule and details of how to register, please visit:

Beckett and Europe
28th – 29th October 2015 
Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

This 2-day conference aims to explore Beckett’s life and work in the broad context of 20th Century Europe. It will consider the ways his works are framed both nationally and internationally, asking what ‘European tradition’ is and how Beckett may have entered or subverted it. For instance, is there such a thing as a ‘European identity’, and if so, how do Beckett’s works express that identity or respond to it? Where does ‘cosmopolitan Beckett’ fit in to broader critical debates around his work? As part of these deliberations, the conference will explore the multi-directional vectors of influence between Beckett and other European writers, artists and thinkers from before, during and after his time, as well as the effect of political and historical Europe on his work.

It promises to be an intellectually rich and thought-provoking event, bringing together an international group of PGR and ECR researchers to explore an area of Beckett Studies that is by nature fragmentary, cross-cultural, multilingual, and therefore often inaccessible.

Panels are organised around the following themes:

  • French influences on the work of Samuel Beckett
  • Beckett’s media
  • Beckett and the politics and history of Europe
  • European mind(s)
  • Narrative tradition / narrative theory
  • Following Beckett

In addition, there will be a choice of 3 workshops: ‘Prose / Poetry’, ‘Theatre / Production’ and ‘Teaching Beckett’, as well as a final round table discussion on the conference theme. Dr David Tucker will give the keynote lecture.

For further details and to book your place, please visit the conference website at:

For enquiries, please email

Organising committee:

    • Niamh Bowe
    • Will Davies
    • Michela Bariselli
    • Helen Bailey